Insular Manuscripts

Project updates


14 May

Publication of C. Breay and J. Story, eds., Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Cultures and Connections (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2021). The book includes papers arising from research by the project team:

  • Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, 'The original Lindisfarne gospels?', pp. 1–15
  • Bernard Meehan, 'The Royal-Otho-Corpus / Cambridge-London / Parker-Cotton-Wolsey Gospels', pp. 16–27
  • Joanna Story, 'Insular Manuscripts in Carolingian Francia', pp. 66–85.


25 June

Congratulations to Claire Breay, winner of the Longmans–History Today Trustees Award 2019 for contributions to public history.

13-14 June

The third of our workshops - Knowledge Exchange: People and Places - meets in Vienna on 13–14 June.

24 January

Becky Lawton (Leicester / BL AHRC CDP PhD student) writes about Anglo-Saxon England and Europe, which is the subject of a public lecture at the British Library by Jo Story on 24 January.


19 October

The British Library's Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition opens to 5-star reviews from The Guardian and Evening Standard. Professor Jo Story worked closely on the exhibition with the British Library for three years.

20 September

The British Library announced that the Book of Durrow (Trinity College Library, Dublin, MS 57) would be coming to the UK for the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, which opens on 18 October.   

1 September

  • Dr Erin Dailey takes up a lectureship in early medieval history at Leicester, replacing Jo Story's teaching role for the period of her BA/LT Senior Research Fellowship.
  • Teresa Porciani, MA (Pisa), joins the Insular Manuscript team in Leicester on the Erasmus + internship scheme for four months, until December 2018. Teresa is an early medieval art historian, and will be helping to augment the project database and bibliography with specialist information.

22 March

Jo Story has been awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship for a year beginning on 01 September 2018. This will create time for her to deliver a number of projects, including this one and the events associated with the forthcoming British Library exhibition.

13 March

A new exhibition opens at the Stiftsbibliothek in St Gallen, Switzerland: The Cradle of European Culture: Early Medieval Irish Book Art. It runs from 13 March to 4 November 2018.


30 November

The British Library has announced major loans for the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition which opens in October 2018, including Codex Amiatinus which will be making its return journey to England 1302 years after it left Wearmouth-Jarrow in 716!

28 April

Many congratulations to Pragya Vohra for securing a lectureship in Early Medieval History, 800–1200 at the University of York. A terrific achievement!

24 March

The British Library has now fully digitised 175 Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

6 March

Jo Story has won funding for a research studentship under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Programme for a project on 'Franco-Saxon manuscripts in the ninth century'. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Jo Story (UoL) and Dr Kathleen Doyle (The British Library).

See this article on Franco-Saxon manuscript decoration by Emilia Henderson (AHRC CDA award holder).

2 January

Some good news to start 2017: our CI, Dr Claire Breay has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for ’services to Medieval History’. Info on page 48.

This is enormously well deserved, and a huge credit to Claire’s hard work – on the Magna Carta project most recently but for much, much more than that. Congratulations, Claire!

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